What is Sufism? Reaching true belief in Gods Divine Oneness and living in accordance with its demands; Heeding the Divine Speech (the Quran), discerning and then obeying the commands of the Divine Power and will as they relate to the universe (the laws of creation and life); Overflowing with divine Love and getting along with all other beings in the realisation (originating from divine Love) that the universe is a cradle of brotherhood; Giving preference or precedence to the well-being and happiness of others; Being open to love, spiritual places and associating with people who encourage the avoidance of sin and striving in the way of God; Being content with permitted pleasures, and t taking even a single step toward that which is t permitted; Struggling continuously against worldly ambitions and illusions, which lead us to believe that this world is eternal.
Known by his simple and austere lifestyle, Fethullah Gulen, affectionately called Hodjaefendi, is a scholar of extraordinary proportions. This man for all seasons was born in Erzurum, eastern Turkey, in 1941. Upon graduation from a private divinity school in Erzurum, he obtained his license and began to preach and teach about the importance of understanding and tolerance. His social reform efforts have made him one of Turkey's most well-known and respected public figures during the 1960s. Gulen has spent his adult life voicing the cries and laments, as well as the beliefs and aspirations, of Muslims in particular and of humanity in general. He bears his own sorrows, but those of others crush him. He feels each blow delivered at humanity to be delivered first at his own heart. He feels himself so deeply and inwardly connected to creation that once he said: Whenever I see a leaf fall from its branch in autumn, I feel as much pain as if my arm had been amputated.